Modernized Modernization

And it all comes to an end..

Upon finishing Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, I began realizing how modernized it became over the years. The original story of Frankenstein was simple; a man with the last name Frankenstein created a monster who he was disgusted with, which eventually turned on him and killed his entire family. But, this is nearly nothing like the modernized version of Frankenstein that people know of today. When you hear the name Frankenstein, you immediately think of a six-foot tall, green monster, with black hair and bolts in the side of his head. Throughout the years, the story of Frankenstein has been flipped around and manipulated in more ways than I can count, making it incredibly different from the original. But, when looking deep into the meaning behind the original story, I was able to connect as to how the modern monster is referred to as Frankenstein, rather than the creator, Victor Frankenstein.

If you refer back to my last blog post, which I don’t know why anyone would want to seeing as how poorly I am at these, you’ll see a glimpse of my views of Victor becoming a monster himself. So, it makes sense that movies and stories nowadays would twist the storyline around to change the creature into having the name Frankenstein, wouldn’t it? I don’t want to toot my own horn or anything, but I think I’m onto something here. So many people think of the modern Frankenstein stories being so incredibly different and unoriginally dumb compared to the first story of the monstrous creation, but in reality, it’s not all that different. If anything, it’s more true to what Mary Shelley tried to implicate about the personality and mentality of Victor Frankenstein.

Overall, whether talking about the original or modern day version of Frankenstein, the storyline has several hidden meanings to it. Science occasionally can go too far, don’t play God, monsters are not born monsters, difference should be celebrated not shunned. These are just a few examples of the hidden messages and meanings that I came across while reading this novel. You’re probably sitting there thinking “Girl, why are you switching topics so quick right now? This is dumb? Are you crazy?” but just bare with me here, folks. I would just like to emphasize the example of “monsters are not born monsters” and allow you to all think the way I do about this topic.

Now, picture two novels in front of you. One titled “Old Frankenstein”, and the other titled “New Frankenstein.” Old Frankenstein is symbolized for Victor Frankenstein while New Frankenstein is also Victor, but often is referred to as the monster himself. Old Frankenstein was a man with a family, and a soon to be loving wife. New Frankenstein is a monstrous, creature of a man. In the end, they’re both Frankenstein. In my opinion, this is how I view the process of the modernization of the Frankenstein story. Whether Frankenstein is a green monster or just a creator with a bad side, in the end they’re both the same. Are you picking up what I’m putting down? No? Okay lol maybe next time then.

Anyways, all in all, I adore the story of Frankenstein, since it has so many different meanings. But, i’ll be honest. I definitely hated it in the beginning, but I’m willing to look past that if you are? So, in conclusion, Mary Shelley did good on this one. Happy Easter my people, go eat some yummy chocolate to celebrate the fact you never have to read another Frankenstein blog by me ever again!

 

Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft. Frankenstein, or, The modern Prometheus. London: Titan , 2014. Print.

Friend or Foe?

While continuing on with Frankenstein, I quickly realized that I had interpreted the characters entirely wrong in the first ten chapters. After finishing 11-17, I was left with an brand new knowledge of the characters I thought I knew so well. When starting his novel, you’re basically brainwashed into thinking that “the monster” of the story is legitimately the monster that Victor Frankenstein creates, but that no longer was the case for me after learning the trueness of the characters. In reality, Victor is quite the monster himself. When the creature runs away and finds himself a hovel to live in, he begins to study the humans who live next-door to the hovel, through a crack in the wall. The monster grows to learn their language, learn basic humanity, and general feelings overall. Victor has been alive for god knows how long, but his entire life he has been human, and yet this new “monster” has more compassion and love than Victor ever has. Although the monster saves a woman’s life, he’s still shot and treated horribly just based on his looks. When Victor meets up with the monster eventually, he treats him like absolute garbage, and he doesn’t even know him personally; all Victor did was create a “monster” then desert him like a deadbeat father. What type of man discards his own creation, that could easily be linked to being viewed as practically his own child? The overall society that is used in this novel is so extreme that even something as important as abandonment isn’t viewed as anything out of the wrong, even though Victor treats the creature more as his possession and property, rather than his own creation.

In the novel Paradise Lost by John Milton that the monster had found and read, the storyline relates very clearly to the events of Frankenstein. “Did I request thee, Maker, from my clay, To mould me Man, did I solicit thee, From darkness to promote me?” (Milton, ii) the monster begins to conceive himself of being a tragic and unwanted occurrence, while even comparing himself to Adam and Satan. Like Adam, he is viewed as undesired and hostile, although he’s striving to change himself for better and for good. But while he attempts to change, Victor, and the rest of the humans, still view the creature as a monster with the same reputation as Satan. Victor cannot see the good in the creature no matter how hard he tries to change. As far as I am concerned, Victor is fairly hypocritical in a way for creating a monster, abandoning it because it’s literally a monster, and then mentally and emotionally becoming a monster towards his own creature.. That’s like a woman having a child and then abandoning it because it had an attitude, and then the mother having an attitude just like the child did, post-abandonment. I don’t know about you, but that seems to me as if it’s quite unfair to the creature.

In conclusion, I feel very sympathetic towards the monster for being so badly treated by it’s own creator, who is becoming just as monstrous as his own creature. The monster doesn’t know any better as he is not educated like the human(s), so he has an excuse for being the way he is, whereas Victor should know more about having compassion and love for the thing he created. Seeing as how Victor lost his own creator (mother) who genuinely filled him with love, unlike how he treats his creation, you would assume Victor would feel more highly of his creation and give it the type of love he once experienced.

 

Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft. Frankenstein, or, The modern Prometheus. London: Titan , 2014. Print.

 

What to Expect When You’re Expecting

Although I’ve only gotten through the first eight chapters of Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, I can already (and easily) make quick interpretations on what will happen in the novel before it even happens. In just the first few chapters, there’s already an insane amount of foreshadowing used to give the reader’s a glimpse into Victor’s soon-to-come dark and tragic future life. At the start, Shelley painted me a perfect picture of Victor’s life being easy, enjoyable, and filled with love from strong and dependant family members and friends. And, soon enough, Victor’s world began to spiral down just as I expected it to. His sister grows ill, his mother takes care of her, then his mother grows ill and dies. What kind of life is that? Even Victor saw the rest coming as he stated “the first misfortune of my life occurred – an omen, as it were, of my future misery.” (Shelley, 42) The storyline of things changing from really good to really bad so quickly is such a classic movie-move, and there’s already enough movies that this happens to, so why oh why would there need to be a novel ruined by this too?

In my opinion, no novel or movie, or literally anything, is enjoyable if you’re playing the guessing game the whole time and knowing exactly what happens before it even happens. Like, honestly, why would anyone want to put effort into reading a novel when they’re practically just reading it to see if they were right about the occurrences? Sorry, but it doesn’t seem that interesting to me this way, but I guess I’ll just have to keep reading to see if I can interpret even more events before they happen.

(For the record, I’m going to take a wild guess and assume that about three more of Victor’s family members die.)

Hola Senors n Senoritas

Alright well I don’t even know how to write a blog post, or even set up a nice looking blog, so ignore that photo of mountains as my blog header because it has absolutely nothing to do with anything I’ll ever post. But hey, have fun reading this eh. I’m only doing this because I don’t really wanna fail grade 11 English, but yolo.